Chris and I are finding ourselves spending more time on cleaning than we did in the States. It is because of 2 things: tile flooring and european toilet design. We have lovely ceramic tile flooring throughout our apartment; the Italians are not fond of carpeting. But we are constantly sweeping or mopping because messes are much easier to see. And unfortunately the american cleaning products just don’t cut the mustard. The toilets are lowflow, but the design of the bowl means we are cleaning it constantly, which is not a job either of us enjoy. So what’s the solution? Hire a cleaning lady! She came on Friday and did everything we have wanted to do but have been unable, due to various reasons. And she used Italian cleaning products and boy did they really work. The floor actually shined. She won’t be here this week, but will be back the week after, and then weekly from there on. Seeing how the floor is actually clean and not it-*may*-be-clean like with carpets has convinced us we never need carpet again.
On a completely different note, I’m watching Close Encounters of the Third Kind for the first time. How have I not watched this before?! It’s fabulous!!!!!